Check out this marvelous video, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" via the Talkbox. A talkbox is a device that takes the music generated by an instrument, and feeds it through a tube into one's mouth, wherein one "mouths" or whispers the lyrics, allowing the shape of the mouth to affect the timbre of the instrument. The most famous example of this effect is Peter Frampton's "making the guitar talk." (This was also responsible for the vocal… Continue Reading
This paper Santa is great for embellishing Christmas cards and gifts. Because he can stand on his own, he makes a sweet place setting. You could also add a tie to his hat and use him as an ornament. So versatile is this easy-to-fold little guy, you might want to make a bunch! Here’s how we do it:
I’m using a square of paper that’s white on one side and red on the other. Also, I used light weight scrapbook type paper,… Continue Reading
Whether you're writing your next novel, balancing your checkbook, or simply creating a killer Curbly post, it's essential to be inspired and motivated by your workspace. Here's ten ideas for making your home office a creative haven on the cheap.
- Buy a Plant
- Get a Recycling System
- Tidy Up the Wires
Bind cords together
Clamp long running wires to walls
- Get retractable cords.
- Bind cords together
- Add a Filing Cabinet
- Organise Your Desk
- Get some Colour
- Get… Continue Reading
Just because it's all frozen outside doesn't mean your green thumb gets to lie dormant all season. Instead, move your green friends inside. Here's ten hearty varieties to get you started.
Aloe (Aloe spp.).
Amaryllis (Hippeastrum spp.).
Calla Lily (Zantedeschia spp.)
Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera spp.).
Clivia (Clivia spp.).
Corn Plant (Dracaena spp.).
Jewel Orchid (Ludisia spp.).
Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe spp.).
Moth Orchid (Phalaenop… Continue Reading
Okay, so this worked better yesterday (when the article was published), as there were eleven days and eleven gifts to make. Still, if you step it up a notch, you could get all eleven done in the next ten days, for sure.
1. Bejeweled Domino Magnets
2. Good Dog Bowl and Bones
3. Hand-colored oven mitts
4. Button Hair Ornaments
5. Printed Memo Blocks
6. Decorative tacks
7. Candy-filled gifts
8. Salt Shaker Ornaments
9. Tasty trio
10. Walnut shells… Continue Reading
Designer Stuart Haygarth creates chandeliers using the bottoms of plastic water bottles. Showing at Design Miami, Haygarth says his creations focus ‘on the overlooked sculptural beauty of these plastic water containers.’ Just one question: What did he do with the unused part of the bottles? Send them to a landfill? Hope not. Via Dezeen.
Puppet master Sean Johnson offers a very complete tutorial to make a snow man puppet like you see in the photo above. If you need a bit of adorable motivation, check out Frosty in action in the Frosty's 12 Days of Christmas video podcast.
The Pop-up Card Designer is a Windows application, which generates unfolded patterns of pop up cards. Using this software, you can print out a pattern and use it to create your own pop-up card.